Organic September has been taking place throughout the month. It’s been a great reminder of how to live healthier through organic living, which in many ways is much easier than it sounds! Many of the principles are the same as those associated with healthy living and we’ve come up with some handy tips on how you can carry organic living into the months ahead.
Start off with small changes
Small adjustments to your lifestyle can make all the difference to both your health and the environment. The impact that waste has on our culture is becoming an increasing concern. The use of chemicals and preservatives in foods and other products can easily be reduced to make the world a greener place.
Some of the small changes you can make include swapping your milk for organic milk and buying organic fruit and vegetables at the supermarket.
Look out for organic produce
Organic products are now widespread in supermarkets and local shops, providing a wealth of choice for those looking to lead a more organic lifestyle. From fresh fruit and vegetables to products like tea, coffee and pasta – you can substitute many of your typical food items with organic ones, such as eggs and meats.
Buy local produce
Buying local produce not only supports the local economy and local producers, but it also helps reduce the carbon footprint caused by food distribution. When you buy closer to home, you’re also reducing the need for preservatives in your food. Some easy ways to buy more local produce includes:
Buying from your local farm directly
Signing up to a local veg box scheme
Visit farmers markets and your local market
Go to your local butcher and greengrocer
Have a conversation with the buyer to make sure that what you’re buying is actually organic and produced locally.
Buy organic skincare
While food and drink is often filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients, skincare, makeup and bath products are also guilty of being inorganic. Many people favour organic cosmetics for more natural results. Companies who specialise in organic beauty products are growing in popularity, as they help an increasing number of women in their quest to live more organically.
Products such as organic shampoos and soap are perfect for keeping you clean without drying sulphates, and if you pick products that come in bar form – you’ll also save on plastic waste. Going organic will help you to develop lots of other great habits that will help your home become greener, encouraging you to live an overall healthier lifestyle.
Use natural cleaning products for more organic living
You don’t need to use all the chemicals under the sun in order to clean your home. Natural remedies can prove to be very effective, and there are many homemade cleaning products that you can make yourself. Using natural cleaning products can be a good solution if you have children or pets to ensure cleaner surfaces. From all-purpose cleaners to specialist cleaners like brass or glass, you can have fun creating your own cleaning products and doing your bit to ditch chemicals in your home.
Cook meals from scratch
Many of the foods you eat, such as takeaways, microwave meals and even the sandwiches you buy on your lunch break can all contain unnecessary ingredients you didn’t know were in your food. When you cook meals from scratch, however, you will know exactly what is going into your food. Unfortunately, many processed foods are full of salt and sugar, which can lead to an unhealthy diet. As a much healthier alternative, cooking from scratch can help you take control of your diet and maintain a healthy weight.
Grow your own
The definition of organic living for many people is in growing your own produce. There are a lot of fruit and vegetables that are easy to grow in the UK, such as tomatoes, herbs, lettuce and potatoes, making feeding you and your family healthy, educational and cheap. Even if you don’t have a garden, there are some herbs and vegetables that you can grow on window ledges, in pots or in containers. You could even get a plot at an allotment to make for a fun hobby the whole family can enjoy.
Switch to organic textiles and clothing
Organic textiles are also increasing in popularity. Unlike textiles that have been treated or made from manmade fibres, organic products are made from all natural materials, which make them kinder to sensitive skin and the environment. You can guarantee that your organic bed sheets have not only been made with cotton grown without pesticides, but they haven’t had chemicals used on them later in the process. Brands like H&M and John Lewis sell organic cotton bed sheets, helping you bring even more organic products into your home.
Swap your car for a fuel-efficient or electric one
The more miles a car does to the gallon, the more fuel-efficient it is. Fast and large cars, for example, can burn a lot more fuel over a shorter distance, so if you’re thinking about buying a new car soon, it’s worth looking at factors including size, fuel economy and fuel type. Increasing numbers of people are opting for a hybrid vehicle, which uses a combination of fuel and electricity, which are ideal for town and city driving. Charging stations are becoming more of a familiar site at service stations up and down the country, so it won’t be long before these vehicles become suitable for longer types of journeys too. These measures will not only help you save on your fuel costs, but will significantly reduce your emissions too.
Whether you have little or no experience of organic living, there’s always an opportunity to get started. Living more of an organic lifestyle is a step towards a healthier lifestyle too, which can in turn lead to a better future for you and your family, protecting you from ill-health as you get older. If you’re interested in securing life and critical illness insurance or sick pay insurance, then ESMI can help. Start a free insurance quote today and make sure you’re covered.